Glenrothes 24 - Strathmore 25

Kurt Strachan
Kurt Strachan

For the second week running Glenrothes got the early try but still ended up losing to a team lower in the league.

Discipline was undoubtedly a factor as Strathmore scored two tries during a period when the Glens were reduced to 14 men to go with their two first half penalties.

It took 10 minutes for the home team to open the scoring when Rhys Bryce finished off a move in the corner with Strachan’s conversion falling short.

Strathmore pulled back three points with a penalty conceded on the 22m line.

It did not take long for Strathmore to take advantage of the numerical advantage when David Smith sprinted down the right wing before cutting in to score behind the posts.

Fraser McKay converted.

The lead was extended when the visiting backs again took advantage of their outnumbered opponents.

Playing downhill in the second period, Glenrothes still fancied their chances of taking the game and this confidence was increased when the forward pack drove the ball towards the Strathmore line and Chris Docherty was on hand to take advantage of the opportunity.

The difference was reduced to one point when man of the match Shaun Gray hit the back line at pace.

Strachan converted.

Strathmore’s backs continued to ask questions of their hosts and interplay between the centres created an opportunity for prop Mike Black and he trundled in from the 22m line with Mckay adding the conversion.

Delorey scored a late try which Strachan converted and at the final whistle Glenrothes were again deep in their opponents’ territory but the defence held firm for a 24-25 victory.

Glenrothes: L Fowlis, S Morrison, S McAlpine, J Cowan, S Kirbitson, R Doig, C Docherty, D Warrender, M Delorey, K Strachan, R Bryce, K Duguid, S Varney, R Anderson, S Gray.

Replacements S Hainey, R Thomson, K McINtosh, D Gray.

The Devs also had a run out at Carleton on Saturday going down 7-38 against Dundee University Medics with a try from Callum Mitchell converted by Niall Bell being insufficient to halt a very quick Medics team.

Man of the match for the Devs was shared by Ramsay Wilson and Stuart Harley.

Next Saturday the Glens will be fielding 7s in both the youth and senior tournaments at Howe of Fife and in the senior tournament at Perthshire.